On today's Labor Calendar, The Virginia AFL-CIO Legislative Conference starts this Sunday, January 31 in Richmond; for more info, contact the Virginia AFL-CIO at 804-755-8001.
And the annual “Bowling for Gold” Union Bowling Tournament will roll this Sunday at the Crofton Bowling Center in Crofton, Maryland. The event raises money for the Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund; call Kathleen McKirchy at 202-974-8221 if you want to participate.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest local labor event updates.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1834, responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson ordered the first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute.
In 1889, six thousand railway workers struck for a union and the end of 18-hour day.
In 1981, Dolly Parton hit number one on the record charts with "9 to 5," her anthem to the daily grind.
And on this date in 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women and minorities to win pay discrimination suits.
Today’s labor quote is by Lilly Ledbetter
“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in a 5-4 decision, they stood on the side of those who shortchanged my pay, my overtime, and my retirement just because I am a woman.” Lilly Ledbetter, who also said “Because women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make. Those pennies add up to real money.”